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Before We Vanish

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In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa ("Pulse," "Tokyo Sonata") reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence – good, evil, property, family, belonging – leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema’s most unique auteurs – and the value of the human spirit. (2017, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, Japanese with English subtitles, 129 mins, NR, DCP)

"On its own, this is a fun, broadly satirical alien-invasion film, more self-aware than self-serious, but its beauty, its poignancy, comes from its relationship to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's other work." -- Greg Cwik, Slant Magazine

"It’s minor pleasures from a major talent: B-movie fun in the key of Kurosawa." -- A. A. Dowd, The A.V. Club